Come to the beautiful, peaceful, Big Cimarron Valley in the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre National Forest and Wilderness area with numerous readily accessible outdoor activities. Three different wilderness trailheads, perfect for a day-hike or overnighters, within 7 and 15 miles plus the beautiful Silverjack Reservoir (hand propelled boats only) within 6 miles and the Big Cimarron River for wonderful fishing and miles of mountain roads with spectacular scenery. This particular valley is hard to beat, even in Colorado, for recreation combined with peace, quiet and striking beauty, and there are far fewer cabins here than in other areas such as Arrowhead. This valley offers unique recreation and beauty not found in other nearby valleys. There are more photos of this valley by clicking on the associated link below, just above the "Owner's Profile".
The intent of this cabin is to get away from it all. Our 900 sq. foot cabin (700 accessible as 1 bedroom is locked) is clean and comfortable but not fancy. Do all your grocery shopping in Montrose and come to the cabin to relax, hike and play. Every season offers something unique and beautiful.
Late spring and summer are best for hiking and kayaking. During late summer and the fall they lower the reservoir, so it's hard to kayak but there is still tremendous hiking opportunities along with beautiful drives for enjoying the turning leafs. Winter is excellent for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or simply hunkering in by a crackling fire for a big storm!
The cabin is located just 35 miles from the town of Montrose, 22 miles on highway 50 and then 13 miles on the Big Cimarron Rd. (county rd. 858). Big Cimarron Rd. continues past the cabin into the National Forest (border is 2 miles past) and by numerous wilderness trialheads. The road continues over Owl Creek Pass to the town of Ridgeway, about 27 miles from our cabin. Another 10 miles of pavement from there is the charming town of Ouray and their famous hot springs pool. Owl Creek Pass has been rated as one of the very prettiest drives in the entire state of Colorado. This road closes two miles past our cabin around November 1 due to snow and remains snow locked all winter except to Snowmobiles and foot or ski until about mid May. The road is, however, typically groomed all winter for great and very secluded cross-country skiing.
Other nearby attractions are the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (about 25 miles away, between the cabin and Montrose) and the Blue Mesa Reservoir which is a large body of water known for large lake trout. The ski town of Crested Butte is about 75 miles away. The ski town of Telluride is about 60 miles away when Owl Creek Pass is open (late spring through late fall) and about 95 miles during the winter.
During all seasons some of the roads to the wilderness trailheads require a vehicle with some clearance although with the exception of the West Fork wilderness trail head a four wheel drive is not required. The road to the cabin is a well maintained county road but we do advise a four-wheel drive during winter months. During the winter the road closes to automobiles just two miles past the cabin at the National Forest boundary. Come visit our cabin; it's a great place to stay near a wonderful, quiet outdoor playground!
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